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denotation

[dee-noh-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi noʊˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression, as distinguished from the ideas or meanings associated with it or suggested by it; the association or set of associations that a word usually elicits for most speakers of a language, as distinguished from those elicited for any individual speaker because of personal experience.
Compare connotation.
2.
a word that names or signifies something specific:
“Wind” is the denotation for air in natural motion. “Poodle” is the denotation for a certain breed of dog.
3.
the act or fact of denoting; indication.
4.
something that denotes; mark; symbol.
5.
Logic.
  1. the class of particulars to which a term is applicable.
  2. that which is represented by a sign.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin dēnotātiōn- (stem of dēnotātiō) a marking out, equivalent to dēnotāt(us) (past participle of dēnotāre; see denote) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for de-notation

denotation

/ˌdiːnəʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of denoting; indication
2.
a particular meaning, esp one given explicitly rather than by suggestion
3.
  1. something designated or referred to Compare referent, connotation
  2. another name for extension (sense 11)
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Word Origin and History for de-notation

denotation

n.

1530s, "indication," from Late Latin denotationem (nominative denotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of denotare (see denote). As a term in logic, from 1843 (contrasted with connotation).

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de-notation in Culture
denotation [(dee-noh-tay-shuhn)]

The basic dictionary meaning of a word, without its connotations. For example, the denotation of the word modern is “belonging to recent times,” although the word may have different connotations.

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